To make the roasted veggies I posted about on Sunday, I just chopped everything up to a similar size and roasted on a big cooking sheet/pan in a pre-heated oven at 375 degress for 50 minutes. Just make sure to stir the vegetables around at least 3 times while cooking. The veggies I roasted included, maroon carrots (first time for me to try), gold beets, purple potatoes, red onion, 7 or 8 garlic cloves, cherry tomatoes, and rutabagas. You can add any spice you like to the mixture....I used cayenne, cumin, italian herbs (rosemary is great when roasting, but I was out), a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Most recipes call for more than just a drizzle of oil, but, although olive oil is healthy, its better when not heated (like on salad) as a lot of its beneficial properties are damaged when exposed to prolonged heat.
Carrots are easy to make a part of your diet, and you will be happy to add them. Here is a quick list with some of their benefits:
- Boosting immunity (especially among older people).
- Reducing photosensitivity (beta-carotene protects the skin from sun damage).
- Improving symptoms of HIV.
- Easing alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
- Helping to heal minor wounds and injuries.
- Reducing the risk of heart disease.
- Reducing the risk of high blood pressure.
- Cleansing the liver, and when consumed regularly, can help the liver excrete fats and bile.
- Fighting bronchitis.
- Fighting infection (vitamin A keeps cell membranes healthy, making them stronger against disease-causing microorganisms)
- Improving muscle, flesh, and skin health.
- Helping fight aneamia.
- Reducing acne.
- Improving eye health.
For more info, a great information source is http://www.whfoods.com/.
An extra bonus to eating carrots is that you can have fun repeating the classic Bugs Bunny line each time you snap into the sweet flesh of a crisp, fresh carrot.
As always, when in a food flavor bind......just add cayenne!!